The Heathrow Express train service has launched a mobile ticketing system using the first implementation of Atos Origin's AVANTIXMetro platform.
Passengers on the Heathrow Express between Paddington and Heathrow Airport can now have their tickets sent directly to a mobile phone or PDA, so they do not have to queue to collect tickets at the station before they travel.
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The system allows passengers to book online through the Heathrow Express website. When making a booking, customers can opt to receive either a bar-coded e-ticket that is registered to their mobile phone, or a self-print version of the ticket.
Both types of ticket are then scanned and validated on-board the train. Paper tickets can still be purchased on the train.
The ticket reader used by train staff is built on the Casio IT-3000 platform, which is equipped with a printer and support for Bluetooth, infra red, GPRS and WLAN communications.